Gluten-Free Gazpacho Recipe with Chickpea “Croutons”

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This Gluten-Free Gazpacho Recipe is a twist on a classic Spanish soup made with fresh vegetables and herbs and served chilled. The traditional recipe uses bread, but this gluten-free version features crispy chickpea “croutons” as an alternative. This gazpacho soup is easy to make, packed with flavor, and tastes amazing!

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Gluten-Free Gazpacho Recipe

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required as well as understand the steps and timings involved.

Gazpacho, also called Andalusian gazpacho, is a cold soup made of raw, blended vegetables. It originated in the southern regions of the Iberian peninsula, specifically Andalusia, and spread into the Algarve regions

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Gorgeous fresh vegetables are the heart of this soup with tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, and red onions. Not forgetting fresh herbs and garlic.

Like so many recipes around the world, there are tweaks and twists made to original dishes, and this gluten-free gazpacho recipe features crispy chickpea “croutons” as an alternative to bread croutons.





Canned chickpeas are roasted in the oven with olive oil, cumin and paprika, and are not only a great topping for the soup, but also a yummy snack to eat on their own too. (Why not place bowls of roasted chickpeas out for guests instead of nuts or potato chips!)

Another awesome topping for this soup is diced avocado, which for me takes this summertime dish over the edge! I LOVE avocado!

Gazpacho is a delicious, refreshing soup that is perfect for hot summer days, and makes a wonderful starter for a dinner party. Alternatively, serve in shot glasses as a cute appetizer at cocktail parties!

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How Do I Make Gluten-Free Gazpacho?

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Gazpacho with Chickpeas

Gluten-Free Gazpacho with Roasted Chickpea "Croutons"

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Roasted chickpeas make a delicious alternative to bread croutons in this gluten-free gazpacho recipe.

Ingredients

For the Chickpea Croutons

  • 1 (15.5 oz / 400g) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

For the Gazpacho

  • 1 medium red onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 5 large tomatoes, roughly chopped*
  • 2-3 fresh garlic cloves
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, divided
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 medium avocado
  • Sprigs of fresh basil and/or parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6 and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper or a Silpat® baking mat. Set aside.
  2. Place the chickpeas in a medium bowl and toss with one tablespoon of olive oil, ground cumin, and smoked paprika. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  3. Spread the seasoned chickpeas onto the prepared baking sheet and place in the pre-heated oven to roast until golden-brown and crispy, approximately 15-20 minutes. For more uniform results, turn the chickpeas or give the pan a good shake halfway through cooking.
  4. Meanwhile, finely dice one quarter of the red onion, bell pepper, and cucumber for garnish. Place in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator until serving.
  5. Place the tomatoes, plus the remaining red onion, bell pepper, and cucumber in a food processor or high-powered blender. Add the garlic, water, red wine vinegar, two tablespoons lemon juice, and fresh herbs. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and quickly pulse until the mixture is mostly smooth.
  6. Transfer the gazpacho to a large glass or other non-reactive bowl. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to overnight to chill.
  7. Once the chickpeas are golden and crispy, remove from oven and set aside to cool. They will become crispier as they cool. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
  8. Right before serving, dice the avocado and toss with the remaining tablespoon lemon juice to prevent browning. Set aside.
  9. Before serving, taste the gazpacho and adjust seasonings, as desired.
  10. Transfer the chilled soup into individual serving bowls and top with some of the finely diced red onion, bell pepper, and cucumber.
  11. Garnish with the crispy chickpeas, diced avocado, and sprigs of fresh herbs, if using. Enjoy!
  12. Gazpacho with Chickpeas

Notes

*You can remove the skins from the tomatoes if you wish. Make a cross with a sharp knife at the bottom of each tomato and plunge into a bowl of boiling water for a few minutes Remove with a slotted spoon and you will be able to peel the skins off with ease. You can see a demonstration in my original gazpacho recipe.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 371Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 475mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 13gSugar: 14gProtein: 11g

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